Takamizawa Reprints - Handsome reprint by the venerable Takamizawa publisher. Takamizawa was known as one of the finest reprint publishers of the 20th century, and produced some of the highest quality ukiyo-e woodblock reprints of all time. A great opportunity to acquire a fine reprint of a classic ukiyo-e design.
The Fancy-Free Type - Beautiful reprint of this famous Utamaro masterwork. A lovely young woman is returning from a bath, dressed in a loose cotton robe patterned with circular motifs of birds in flight. She dries her hands on a towel as she looks over her shoulder, smiling. A wonderful design with soft color fine line work and a shimmering mica background.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15" x 10 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple faint spots. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.